The Senate Committee on National Population and National Identity Card has called on the federal government to replace the obsolete equipment at the data centres of the National Population Commission (NPC) before the next census.

Committee Chairman, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi made the call the committee visited the NPC Data Centre in Kaduna for their oversight function.

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Hunkuyi said that there is urgent need to replace them with the latest technology. He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a proclamation about the next census. This will help to facilitate planning.

He also called for adequate budgetary allocation to the commission in the 2017 budget. This will enable it solve some its teething problems and prepare for the next head count.

“Of course there are quiet a number of teething issues which are line up within the budget to flow in 2017 and 2018. We are within the correct time for preparations to start if government decides to conduct the census in 2018.”

He promised that the senate, especially his committee, is ready to assist the commission to perform its function.

He added that the senate will support any move for the commission to generate revenue through sale of its data and information to both private and public institutions.

“Collection of data and information costs money and there are a lot of both private and public institutions that require data for planning. That data should be sold to generate some revenue for the commission.”